Mexican Tattoo Art

Mexican Tattoo Art

Mexican tattoo art has a unique appeal, which can be attributed to the influence of both ancient and modern tattoo art. Mexican tattoos reflect the rich cultural history of the nation, as well as the influence of the ancient Aztec and Inca art.
Tattooing has come a long way from being a part of religious rituals, to become a fashion trend and an art of self-expression. Basically, tattooing is an ancient body art that was widely practiced for decorating the body, and also as a part of religious rites. In some civilizations, including the ancient Aztec civilization, tattoos were a part of religious rituals.

A tattoo was also a mark of an individual's social status, as well as a means to distinguish one tribe from another. Tattoos were also used to show a soldier's rank. The influence of the ancient Aztec, Mayan, and Inca art is well evident in Mexican tattoo designs, which are truly unique and striking.

Mexican Tattoo Designs

Mexican tattoo designs include elements that reflect the rich culture and history of Mexico. As mentioned already, a number of these designs are actually inspired and influenced by the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan tattoos, of which the influence of Aztec tattoos is more prominent. Aztecs inhabited Mexico from the 13th to 16th century, and they used tattoos to decorate their body and show their devotion to the gods.

Floral Sugar Skull Tattoo
Mexican Flag and Eagle Tattoo


Mayan Torso Tattoo
Aztec Mexican Tattoo

Tattoos were also used to show someone's status, as well as the rank or military achievements of the Aztec warriors. Many Aztec gods, especially the Aztec sun god, 'Huitzilopochtli', and the Aztec god for weather, fertility, and creativity, 'Quetzalcoatl' have secured a special place in Mexican tattoo artwork. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god of the Aztec, was considered the most powerful god. Apart from these ancient elements, Mexican designs have also incorporated some modern elements.

Mexicans take pride in their country's rich cultural heritage. They prefer to exhibit the pride they feel for being Mexicans by inking their body with their national flag. This is the Mexican pride tattoo, which is a favorite among the Mexicans working in the United States. This tattoo enables Mexicans to show their pride and respect for their culture and nation.

Another popular Mexican tattoo is the portrayal of the famous Mexican festival, the 'Day of the Dead', which is celebrated to honor their ancestors and the dead relatives. It can be termed as the Mexican ceremony or commemoration of both death and life. For this occasion, Mexicans love to ink their body with the 'Day of the Dead skull' or the sugar skull tattoos.

The Mexican prison and gang tattoos have become a trend in the world of tattooing. The mafia tattoos often include an eagle with a snake in its mouth. Even lettering has been found to feature in prison or gang tattoos. As Mexican tattoos incorporate the elements of ancient Aztec tattoos, you can find a great number of Mexicans adorning their body with the sun god 'Huitzilopochtli', and the powerful serpent god 'Quetzalcoatl'. Even the god of warriors, 'Tezcatlipoca', has inspired a great many tattoo designs, along with the Aztec dagger.

Mexico is mainly a Catholic country and the influence of Christianity is also evident in many Mexican art. The religious symbols, such as 'Nuestra SeƱora de Guadalupe', or 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' is loved by Mexicans for tattooing their body. It is the symbol of Virgin Mary, portrayed as a solemn woman praying with her head bowed and hands clasped together, and the entire body surrounded by golden light.

On the other hand, Jesus Christ is usually depicted either in a sacred heart tattoo or with the cross. Males generally prefer the cross tattoos to wear on their chest, while the sacred heart tattoo is one of the favorites among women. With the elements of both ancient and modern tattoos, Mexican tattoo designs look really fascinating.

If you are interested in Mexican tattoos, be sure to take a professional tattoo artist's help. Make sure that the tattoo you choose complements your personality. Finally, wear the tattoo in a place that can truly enhance its visual appeal.